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It’s a passing phase

Instead of fretting, unemployed Britons should learn from Indians how to sail through tough times

india Updated: Aug 20, 2012 22:21 IST

Desperate times call for drastic measures. With the eurozone economy in a mess and the European Central Bank looking for fresh ideas to revive growth and create employment opportunities, young people across the region are looking at unusual ways to cut down costs or earn some quick cash. The Brits are first off the block. According to a poll conducted by the London-based Institute of Commercial Management, hard-pressed Britons in their 20s are selling their hair, lap-dancing and even skipping meals to keep their piggybank well stocked. To get an idea on how the young are coping with the slowdown of the economy, the institute questioned 2,000 young adults, including graduates, students and unemployed drop-outs.

The young people of the West should look beyond Europe for some tried-and-tested methods on how to sail through such difficult times. One great place to scour for ideas is Britain’s former stomping ground: India. We have lived long enough with the famous Hindu rate of growth to know well how to tackle such economic stagnation. First and foremost, forget about staying on your own if you are single or having a nuclear family if you are married. Start discussing about the benefits of joint families. Then, at the first opportunity, go back to your parents. Second, skip meals, but don’t feel bad about it. Just think that you are on a detox diet; there are many in this part of the world who fast for all sorts of reasons. It’s just a way of life here. Third, buy some DVDs of Bollywood movies, sometimes they can be a storehouse of super-effective ideas. For starters, young British men can watch a film called Vicky Donor. Knowing our preference for fair skin, they can end up earning a neat packet.

Last but not the least, believe in group therapy, especially if everyone in the group is unemployed and has a common grouse against their government for not doing enough. We can surely send Baba Ramdev over for instant relief.